Man, 77, dies in traffic crash

ONE MOTORIST was killed in a pre-dawn accident in Westminster on Tuesday. Two other people were hospitalized (Shutterstock).

A traffic collision early Tuesday morning in Westminster took the life of one man and sent two other people to the hospital.

According to Commander Kevin McCormick, the incident took place in the 14500 block of Goldenwest Street, near Hazard Avenue. Police were summoned around 5:35 a.m. and WPD and Orange County Fire Authority units responded.

The driver of one vehicle, identified as Robert Polino Avila, 77, of Westminster, was pronounced dead at the scene. The passenger in his vehicle was taken to UCI Medical Center in Orange with “unknown injuries.”

Also taken to UCIMC with unknown injuries was the driver of the second vehicle.

Avila was a long-time resident of Westminster and had worked as a crossing guard for the city for the past 12 years, according to McCormick. He was not working at the time of the accident.

The cause of the collision is under investigation and witnesses to the incident are asked to call Sgt. Anil Adam of the WPD Traffic Division at (714) 548-3770.


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